Justin Cole, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Cole serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director for the Center for Pharmacy Innovation. He received his Pharm.D. from Ohio Northern University (2006). Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Cole served as Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was responsible for oversight and strategic development of clinical and investigational drug services within the health system. There he was instrumental in establishing new ambulatory and inpatient clinical pharmacy services, crafting new roles for pharmacists in providing patient-centered care, and implementing multiple quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Cole continues to focus his teaching, research, and clinical efforts on pediatric pharmacy practice.
Aleda Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
As an educator and researcher, Dr. Aleda Chen focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of pharmacy (including health literacy, cultural competency, patient education, and adherence) and research design and methodology. She also is interested in improving and assessing health professional student education. Her research has resulted in multiple articles, national and international presentations, funded grants, and book chapters. Dr. Chen is actively involved with the pharmacy profession, including serving on several national pharmacy organization committees and co-advisor for Cedarville’s APhA-ASP student chapter. She has worked as a community pharmacist and as a managed care pharmacist. She received her Pharm.D. from Ohio Northern University and her Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Juanita Draime, Pharm.D.
Dr. Juanita Draime has previously worked as an educator as well as in an inpatient pharmacy setting. Her interests include assessing health-related outcomes with the goal of improving care for chronic disease states and pharmacy care for the underserved. She has been involved with local and state pharmacy associations as well as leading the interprofessional STEPS (Students Teaching Educational Plans for Success) program that works with individuals who are homeless in Dayton. Her work on this project led to Cedarville University School of Pharmacy receiving the AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award in 2015. Dr. Draime currently serves as the President-Elect of the Miami Valley Pharmacists Association. She received her Pharm.D. from Cedarville University
Rocco Rotello, Ph.D.
Dr. Rotello serves as Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in experimental pathology from University of Colorado Medical School. Dr. Rotello was the first research fellow in Dr. Junying Yuan’s Laboratory in Medicine at Harvard University, where they published groundbreaking work on the mechanisms of apoptosis (programmed cell death). Following his training at Harvard, Dr. Rotello worked for Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals in Mason, Ohio, for more than 15 years, leading its biologics (monoclonal antibody) effort in the Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery Core. Prior to the divestiture of pharmaceuticals, Dr. Rotello served as a Drug Information Specialist, covering Actonel and Asacol. A recent issued patent by Dr. Rotello, which describes a novel antibody, is under development as a therapeutic by AerpioTherapeutics in Blue Ash, Cincinnati.
Lucas O'Brien is an Intern with the Center and a Junior Pre-Pharmacy student from Columbus, Ohio. He serves as the Secretary for Pi Rho Phi, Cedarville's undergraduate pharmacy organization. Luke is interested in pursuing a career in Pharmacy Informatics after his education and is looking forward to using his background in Digital Media to highlight the Center for Pharmacy Innovation's efforts.
Matt Merical is a student pharmacist at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. He completed his B.S. in molecular and cellular biology at Cedarville University, focusing research time supporting faculty in signal transduction and antibody medication therapies. His current interests include the advancement of pharmacy practice and collaboration in the healthcare setting for the promotion of patient advocacy and care.